Three-time Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward is signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $5 million.
Per ESPN, he had been scheduled to make $4.5 million with the this season but was released Saturday after three seasons.
"The Bucs upgraded their safety position this offseason by signingfrom the and selecting Texas A&M's with a second-round draft pick. Neither unseated the Bucs' two returning players at the position -- and , who were expected to start the season opener against the ."
Ward, 30, has a history with Bucs director of player personnel John Spytek, who was with the' front office when Cleveland drafted Ward in 2010 and with the Broncos when he was a scout, winning a Super Bowl in the 2015 season.
Over 14 games last season, Ward registered 87 combined tackles, eight pass breakups, three forced fumbles, an interception and a sack. In the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win over the, Ward had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Ward dealt with hamstring issues that kept him out of the preseason. The Broncos previously drafted two safeties --, who did not miss a single tackle in 2016 according to Pro Football Focus, and .